12/01/15 9:45pm

Michaels - The Arts & Crafts Store

Craft lovers in the City of Alexandria, Virginia will soon have a new place to shop in Bradlee Shopping Center.

Michaels, the national arts and crafts chain, will be opening its first location in the City limits in the shopping center. Sources tell me the will be taking over the current Dress Barn location at the center. It is unclear at this time when the Dress Barn lease is up. As soon as I find out, as usual, our readers will be the first to know.

The store’s layout always features wide aisles and departments including home decor, jewelry and art supplies.

The Alexandria Michaels store will be roughly 25,000 square feet.

Customers are also offered a variety of classes at Michael’s stores, including courses in jewelry making and paper crafting.

(H/T @AlexWestEndRes on Twitter)


12/01/15 6:32pm

City of Alexandria Police Department - bank robbery

Bank robbery occurred this morning in Old Town North

The Alexandria Police Department has made two arrests in an armed bank robbery that occurred at the PNC Bank in the 800 block of N. Washington Street this morning.

Around 9:58 a.m. on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, two suspects entered the bank and each brandished a handgun. The suspects demanded money before leaving the bank. No one was injured. The suspects were subsequently apprehended by Alexandria Police Officers in the 2400 block of Mainline Boulevard in the Potomac Yard area of Alexandria.

Maurice Womack, 40, a City resident, was charged with Robbery. Darrell Waller, 40, a City resident, was charged with Robbery and Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective Loren King at 703.746.6689.

(Image via Cliff, on Flickr)

12/01/15 5:48pm

As we told you first some time ago, on Thursday, Dec. 17, ALDI, one of America’s top three favorite grocery stores*, will offer shoppers a smarter alternative as it opens its first store in the City limits, located at 4602 Kenmore Avenue in the Seminary Hill neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. The store is taking over the old Macgruder’s space in the Seminary Plaza Shopping Center.

With nearly 1,500 stores in 32 states, ALDI is known for high-quality grocery items at incredibly low prices. As part of the Grand Opening celebration, the first 100 shoppers in line will receive golden tickets, with each ticket containing an ALDI gift certificate of a different value.

*According to a survey of US consumers conducted in April 2015 by Market Force Information.

(H/T @AlexWestEndRes on Twitter)

(Photo via Mike Mozart, on Flickr)

12/01/15 2:22pm
Starbucks (Red) World Aids Day

For the eighth year, Starbucks is partnering with (RED)® to help fight AIDS. On World AIDS Day 2015 (Tuesday, Dec. 1), Starbucks will make a 10 cent (U.S.) donation for every handcrafted beverage sold in participating U.S. and Canada stores.

Starbucks donations go to the Global Fund to help finance HIV/AIDS programs in prevention, treatment, counseling, HIV testing and care services.  Since partnering with (RED) in 2008, Starbucks has generated more than $13 million for the fight.

Last fall, several Starbucks partners (employees) spent five days in Rwanda visiting hospitals and facilities that are changing lives with Global Fund dollars.

To learn more, please visit red.org and theglobalfund.org.

12/01/15 1:49pm

Whole Foods Chocolate Chip Cookies

From Dec. 2 to 8, freshly baked chocolate chip cookies will cost 25 cents apiece at all Whole Foods Market stores in the U.S. They are available daily while supplies last, limit three per customer.

“What can I say, our cookies rule! We’re excited to offer them to customers with such a sweet deal,” said David Lannon, Whole Foods Market’s executive vice president of operations. “And don’t forget the 365 Everyday Value milk, soy milk or almond milk for dunking!”

All bakery items at Whole Foods Market are made with cage-free eggs and non-bleached or bromated flour, and they contain no artificial preservatives, colors, sweeteners or hydrogenated fats.

12/01/15 1:42pm
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DRS Technical Services, Inc. (DRS TSI), located in Herndon, has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a civil fraud case that claimed their employees engaged in labor mischarging resulting in a loss to the U.S. government of $544,000.

The allegations involved the overcharging of three U.S. Army contracts DRS TSI was working on in Kuwait, where 15 DRS TSI employees were directed to record more time for labor hours than was actually being worked. After discovering the improper conduct through its internal compliance program, DRS TSI made a voluntary disclosure to the U.S. government under the Contractor Business Ethics Compliance Program and Disclosure Rule, also known as the Federal Acquisition Regulations Mandatory Disclosure Rule. DRS TSI took corrective action, including disclosure of the conduct to the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General.  (more…)

12/01/15 1:33pm


The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is celebrating the 60th Anniversary of tracking Santa’s yuletide journey!

The NORAD Tracks Santa website, which re-launched TODAY (Dec 1) for 2015, features Santa’s North Pole Village, which includes a holiday countdown, games, activities, and more. The website is available ineight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese.  (more…)